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ACCS Program

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The ACCS program works with assisted living communities and residential care homes to provide seniors with care services, including:

  • Case management: This ensures seniors have access to medical, social and other required services and that they are receiving all the services that are outlined in their ACCS plan.
  • Personal care assistance: Help with the activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, grooming and personal hygiene.
  • Nursing assessment and routine tasks: Regular evaluations and monitoring performed by a licensed registered nurse, as well as medication monitoring and assistance.
  • On-site assistive therapy: Assistance from a licensed professional to modify activities, behaviors and techniques to improve cognitive skills.
  • Restorative nursing: Services designed to maintain overall function.

All of these services are provided by level III residential care homes or assisted living residences, and paid for by Medicaid. Room and board expenses are still to be paid by the resident and can be arranged privately between the resident and the care facility. The ACCS program allows seniors to retain a monthly allowance of $47.66 per month for personal needs.

Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible for the ACCS program, the senior must:

  1. Be a Vermont resident aged 65 or older
  2. Require the services provided by ACCS
  3. Live in a participating level III residential care home or assisted living residence.
  4. Meet the income requirements of the Medicaid ACCS program, which is $1,125 in Chittenden County and $1,041 for those living outside the county.

How to Apply

Eligible seniors may apply for the ACCS or have a trusted caregiver do so on their behalf. In order to apply, the following steps must be taken.

  1. Find a participating assisted living residence or level III residential care home that has both space and ability to meet the seniors
  2. If the senior isn’t already on Medicaid, an application needs to be submitted to a local Department for Children and Families Services office. This office is responsible for determining ACCS
  3. Once the Department for Children and Family Services has determined eligibility, the senior or caregiver must complete a Verification of Eligibility form with the assisted living residence or residential care home.
  4. Those who aren’t currently receiving supplemental security income need to contact a Social Security Administration office to determine whether or not they’re eligible for supplemental security income in an assisted living residence or level III residential care home.
  5. When moving into the chosen community, or upon completion of all the above steps, an agreement must be signed between the senior and the residence.

2018 Municipal Planning Grant Awarded

2018 Municipal Planning Grant

The town of Fairfield, VT- The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded $16,000 to the Town of Fairfield in Municipal Planning Grant funds to revise the Subdivision and Zoning Bylaws.  (Awarded $13,333 with a town match of $2,667 Total of $16,000) 

“Updating our bylaws will enable us to more effectively meet our communities needs and goals” Alisha LaRocque, Town Zoning Administrator. The Town of Fairfield will have a year and a half to complete the project.

“As Vermont continues to grow its economy, maintain a high quality of life and attract new people and business to the state, Municipal Planning Grants help communities accelerate local solutions, energize downtowns, remove barriers to much needed housing,” said Vermont DHCD Commissioner Katie Buckley.

Awarded annually and administrated by DCHD, the Municipal Planning Grant program supports local community revitalization and planning initiatives. Since 1998, the program provided over $12 million to 234 cities and towns across Vermont, bringing people together to adopt useful and relevant municipal plans, regulations, improved capital budgeting and innovated projects that prepare them for the challenges they face.  

follow the link to learn more about Municipal Planning Grants



4way Stop

On Wednesday, June 1st 2016, the Town of Fairfield installed a four way stop at the intersection of Route 36 and North and South Rd. in Fairfield Center. Message Boards were installed 2 weeks ahead and 4 weeks after the installation to warn motorists of the change. There will also be Franklin County Sheriff presence at this location to help promote awareness during the change.
We ask that motorists be extra aware and take their time through the village. We have many children, pedestrians and bicyclists navigating through town. The four-way stop is planned to decrease the amount of accidents and near misses due to sight distance issues. It is part of our larger plan to install sidewalks and trails to increase safety.
We also ask that trucks do not use their compression (jake) brakes in the village.
Thank you for your support and cooperation in making Fairfield a safer place to live, work and play!

Safe Roads Safe Speeds Policy

Vermont has “Safe Roads at Safe Speeds” policy!

This includes Fairfield

We have ”Safe roads at  Safe speeds” policy during the winter months and not a bare roads  policy! 

The Vermont Safe Speeds Safe Roads Policy :

Know before you go!  Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. Leave yourself enough time to get to your destination with out rushing.  Dial 511 for weather and travel information, or log on to

Slow down! Drive according to the road conditions. Driving too fast is the leading cause of winter crashes!

Distance: Leaving more room between the car in front of  you  than you usually do also gives you more of a chance to brake more carefully and turn safely!

Braking on snow: You will need more time and distance to brake safely. Quick braking leads to skidding and can result in accidents.

Control: Do no use Cruise Control during storms. Four wheel drive and all wheel drive are not a guarantee that you won’t skid off of the road. And remember Black Ice usually appears as bare road.

Vision and Focus: Pay attention to the road and drivers in front of you!

Following the key elements of Safe roads at Safe Speeds policy and proper seasonal equipment will help ensure that we all have a safe driving experience

As Always Buckle Up  and Don’t Text and Drive! 

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